9 Awesome Feminist Quotes To Inspire You

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'Tis the season to be a feminist! Feminist discourse has been at the forefront of cultural critique for a while now, and it's showing no signs of going anywhere in 2016, so you might as well join the discussion now. If you need some help getting motivated to do so, there's plenty of inspiration to be had from rousing feminists and their eloquent words. I'm not just talking about Beyoncé pop feminism (although that's fun and sometimes important too) — I'm talking from the horse's mouth, capital F Feminists who have fought on the front lines for gender equality. Because that's all that feminism really is (in case you needed a refresher): gender equality.

Feminine empowerment tokenism isn't the same as establishing a world in which everyone is treated the same regardless of their gender. A world where men and women earn equal pay for the same jobs, where women aren't forced to walk around in a slut-shaming culturer that diminishes their autonomy, and where we give women (of all races and sexualities) the same economic, political and social rights, choices and liberties as we do men. Meanwhile, those rights, choices and liberties should be passed out unconditionally and judgement-free, the same way they are for men. If you need some pep in your feminist step, here are some feminist quotes to inspire you:

1. Toni Morrison

He licked his lips. “Well, if you want my opinion–”

“I don’t,” she said. “I have my own.”

From Beloved .

2. Jacqueline Rose

Quoted in 80 Books No Feminist Should Read .

3. Uma Narayan

[M]en who share household and child-rearing responsibilities with women are mistaken if they think that this act of choice, often buttressed by the gratitude and admiration of others, is anything like the woman’s experience of being forcibly socialized into these tasks and of having others perceive this as her natural function in the scheme of things.

From The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist.

4. Mary Elizabeth Williams

From Dear Jonathan Franzen, No Women Do Not Need To Go Looking For A Villain And - You Are Not A Victim

5. Jane Austen

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From Persuasion.

6. Rebecca West

Writing for feminist weekly the Clarion.

7. Gloria Steinem

"Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood."

Writing for New York Magazine.

8. bell hooks

In all about love .

9. Sheng Wang

At the Mixtape Comedy Show .

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